In-Person Book Signing with author James Polkinghorn



Come join us and meet author James Polkinghorn at Writer's Block Bookstore in Winter Park as we celebrate the launch of Liquid Shades of Blue! James will be in conversation with author Larry Loftis for this event.

This event is free for all to attend, but RSVPs are encouraged. You can let us know you're coming, and pre-purchase a signed and personalized copy of Liquid Shades of Blue. All copies of Liquid Shades of Blue to be signed at the event need to be purchased through Writer's Block Bookstore.

If you cannot attend the event but would like a signed copy, please follow the link here, and add in the notes you would like a signed copy.


First his brother, now his mother—Jack Girard searches for the truth behind his family’s tragedies

When hungover ex-lawyer and Key West bar owner Jack Girard groggily wakes up one morning, he’s greeted by a beautiful woman lying next to him and a shrill, ringing telephone. Seeing the call is from his father, Claude “The Duke” Girard, Jack answers. Within seconds, he learns that his mother is dead in an apparent suicide, and Jack hits the road, heading back to his childhood home in Miami to face his tyrannical father.

The death of his mother brings up haunting memories from Jack’s past—memories of his brother Bobby’s suicide when they were in college together. Being back in Miami only continues to dredge up his family traumas, but things grow more complicated when The Duke suggests that his estranged wife’s alleged suicide may have been a murder.

As Jack begins to uncover the truth about his mother’s death, including the secret she had revealed to only two people—the same secret Bobby had taken with him to his grave—he finds himself in imminent danger. Can Jack reveal the true story before it’s too late? He has to act quickly, or he fears he may be the victim of the next Girard family tragedy.

Perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Harlan Coben.


James Polkinghorn is a lawyer and partner in a national law firm specializing in labor and employment law. He has extensive trial and litigation experience accumulated in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country. A Pittsburgh native, Polkinghorn moved with his family to Florida in high school, where he has since stayed. He has a degree in political science as well as a law degree from the University of Florida. He now lives in Key West with his wife, Becki, and their dog, Major Tom. Liquid Shades of Blue is his first novel.


“Liquid Shades of Blue is a ride on the lethal waves of corruption and murder in a place that shimmers like diamonds in the sun. James Polkinghorn knows these South Florida courtrooms and waterways like the back of his hand. This one sticks to you like the humidity of a summer night in Key West.” —Michael Connelly, New York Times best-selling author

“Smart, sophisticated, slow-burn suspense that builds to a final scene you won't expect—don't miss this.” —Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author

“Rarely are debut novels this original, taut, and polished. Liquid Shades of Blue is an intoxicating cocktail of equal parts John Grisham, Miami Vice, and Ernest Hemingway, served stiff and chilled. Like a dead body. Hollywood, take note.” —Larry Loftis, New York Times best-selling author


Larry Loftis is the New York Times and international bestselling author of three nonfiction thrillers, The Princess Spy, Code Name: Lise, and Into the Lion’s Mouth, which have been published in multiple languages around the world. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Loftis was a corporate attorney and adjunct professor of law.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
316 N. Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Liquid Shades of Blue By James Polkinghorn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608095506
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Oceanview Publishing - May 16th, 2023

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